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there is an equal interest in getting more bang for the buck. and these are topics that sftp will address in addition to an investment plan we are having in the strategic initiative intended to make recommendations in these types of areas and that is actually the next segment of the presentation that we will update you on. >> thank you for your presentation. >> good morning commissioners, -- chang, deputy for planning. i will give you the second part of this presentation but time is short. as rachel mention, of the feedback which will continue to go out and get, it will lead to the development of the final plan expected
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in the summer of this year. the sector policies highlighted in blue are meant to complement the investment programs. prioritize resources in new revenues should there be a desire to approve those. these policies generally we are combining them into a set of recognitions called strategic initiatives. they're meant to be timely. the stakeholders and directions for the entire city. and space to what we all collectively believe are necessary in the next two years to guide various agencies work and input to other regional and federal authorities working in transportation. they also suggest areas for innovation,
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and experimentation and piloting. by now many of the new lands were approved happily. these include the large capital of vestments that you see here, venice and gary brt, etc., as well as many of the area planning studies, market octavia studies, these are basically acknowledged that the land-use transportation plans need to be done more in a coordinated fashion. in addition the transportation sustainability program has come to focus with a cbc streamlining work. the second initiative from 2004 but we make a progress on is the idea of streets as public space. we don't have enough public open space.
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we have been using the available space more innovatively through things like sunday street, pavement to park, streetscape improvements such as avalencia and leland, and pilots, things like a better market street pilot. that we eventually got legislated. the idea of using public space. by time of day. the third one, was tdm, travel demand management. the idea to use policy tools to shape and encourage people to think about alternatives and partner with new types of organizations, car sharing, bike sharing, finding the balance of working with private employers investing in regional and local shuttles. this whole area is fast-moving
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especially with the online apps in the new economy businesses growing and trying to enter the market and meet demand that the city and additional services have not been able to meet. and leverage investment in innovative policy between the city and nonprofit and private entities. that was sort of an overview of our last county what plan and initiative to remind you that we will improve our infrastructure. therefore proposed initiatives relate to these for goals regarding livability, defining what everyone needs, so that everyone has a clear expectation in the city can improve its track record of delivering complete streets,
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as mentioned before we will explore things like parking in pricing in this time we are looking at engaging private employers and nonprofit sectors. the local to regional connection speaks to the need to address particularly in district 6 and 11 where the local and regional meet and how do we smooth out that connection and improve the choices people have to make those trips. and finally project improvement delivery. we have to be able to look at other ways and other approaches to increase our cost effectiveness of our programs and approaches. we saw today we would give you a deeper look into the complete street initiative and come back to you with the other three. here you see this wonderful photo in front of city hall, it shows of the street is intended to be used as a complete street, a public open
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space. streetscaping, all the different modes. the status of streets deposed policy funding and institutional challenges. not only in san francisco but anywhere. different parts of the street. the question is, how do we go about improving the streets? what is the right balance of doing small, medium and large things how many different ?elements is appropriate to squeeze into a project try to resurface the road.
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and address other modal needs. when there are conflicts how do we resolve them? whether it is mta, puc, how do we create more consistency? weirdly there is a funding impact. when we try to create to many of them things and address all different needs more project there needs to be a balance. that is the nature of the challenge. on slide 20 we summarize the complete street recommendations. the goal is to provide more benefit with each project and create a more cost-effective approach. the way to oppose this is through four major strategies. reduce the cost and time to deliver the project, strength modal strategies, the tdp is finishing the eir,we really need not
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network plans. the third strategy is to clarify expectations. what happens when there are conflicts? to me consistent across agencies. and the last is to develop a consistent approach also for the funding of these projects. it often takes a patchwork of funding sources to make the project complete. if a design is meant to have a number of different features perhaps it is appropriate for the funding plan to have a number of different sources. diving into the first two recommendations, considering all modes, the question is if i am a project manager do i know what the pedestrian needs are on the street? do i know what the bicycle needs in the traffic needs? and the sewer needs.
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the goal is to clarify what the modal needs are. that is all in progress. the next slide space to setting real expectations both for the public and within agencies. and making it clear what our policy should be on design features. what are things that must be in every project? we are making sure that ada needs be addressed. should we go beyond that? what design processes are used? is there a practice in a culture of value engineering looking at alternative ways to meet her need that my be cheaper? do we get funding practices that are innovative? were we have cost-sharing across different agencies. when we have trade-offs, maybe we can't do 50%. we start with 20, 30 and work your
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way up before we promised to do the majority of the project is complete street projects. we are simply not there yet. the authority funds projects. the one area block program and prop aa - always there to support street. we thought we would give an example of how the authority has an proposing to address these issues through the aa program. as you know we brought these forward to you in the last month, and this month.
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the idea is to incorporate these prioritizations. if a project has multiple users we give it more consideration. we try to make sure that we are consistent with modal plans. project to speak to these types of elements are given priority through for example prop aa. that is taken some work and it takes a lot of coordination. and sometimes there is difference of opinion. the more we have consistency across agencies and across fund programs, the easy the process will be. there is a wonderful group already meeting, looking at using common tools, common database to help improve the consistency across the city. >> when we look forward to the future, i would expect that -- to do decent work. other agencies may not be aware of that. you want to get to the place
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where there is actual information shared about how streets are being redone, and resources from each entity that are being provided. do you expect that moving forward that if we have a situation again where -- would open the street without a lot of awareness on the departments. >> we have been working for some time dbw has made progress with regards to the resurfacing program, they said a five-year schedule and let everyone know about it. if there is a need to hold back or accelerate, that is happening with regards to the resurfacing program. it is happening with the sewer project with the puc. those are limited but working better and better the not quite enough to get to all of the projects come through. there is a burgeoning initiative and effort and it is starting to work. but as we really roll out and prepare to deliver the street from program the whole range of obag and aa
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and other programs we need to make that a more broad practice not only for the resurfacing and sewer projects. thank you and without i will be happy to take questions. the last slide speaks on next steps. will come back to you the other three initiatives. completed adoption in the summer. >> commissioner -- >> thank you i wanted to follow up on some things that commissioner farrel brought up in terms of data obtained from the various parts of the city. >> sure. >> i wanted to know is based on some of the heavily used muni bus stop stations in san francisco, if you are actually going to those locations during peak hours in collecting data from those particular individuals
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for the muni section. i think especially in the morning time it would be very helpful to get their feedback on some of these issues as well. >> thank you for that. we have advertised on the shelters and buses. it's tough. we will try. we have engaged the san francisco transit riders union. they promoted this extensively, and gave us feedback there is nothing that substitutes from going and director speaking to passengers. >> thank you. >> if there are no other comments and questions we can go on to public comments. thank you for your presentation. three minutes. >> one of the ways for us to appreciate our roads and
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streets in seven cisco is to visit some of the cities. stre ets in san fran cisco is recently i visited cities in europe. one of the segments of the population that needs a lot of attention are our seniors. i was little bit late for this meeting because i went to kaiser to pick up my prescription. i saw two seniors fall in the middle of the road right there by gary. you should go there and walk by gary and see. there are -- in the road, near a hospital. you don't have to go far.
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we have this bond magic, this that and the other thing, but the primary utilities keep trashing our roads and not fixing them. when i looked at the presidio, created the infrastructure group over there, and had some sense of how we have to maintain our infrastructure and our roads. one of the things that we don't have here is we don't have a schedule. even though dbw will want to do whatever they want to do they have no control over comcast or pg&e. when looking at our vehicles, our cars and trucks that ply our roads, there are certain areas where we have had again and again
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pedestrians colliding with their vehicles and dying. some of the hotspots we have been trying to do something. but the city and county of san francisco, is known for many pedestrians dine on the street. we have not had a hearing. we have had talk. some of the supervisor said we are going to do this and that but we have not had a hearing, i really good hearing where everybody's put on notice. some advocates come from time to time. i don't have too much time to waste but i hope that in 2013 we have some goals and do the right thing. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker place. >> good morning commissioners --
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i am a district 6 resident. i love living in my district. there are so many different things going on. one thing that i would like for you to think about is bicyclists. i hate bicyclists now. they're getting out of control because the cars % i understand that certain areas where the cars, like driving up fast, so they won't have to be stuck in one corner where the light is red. i am used to that part. bicyclists are pushing to do this and that; they do not follow any rules of the road. i would like for you to do something. while you put up new signs up, the money -- use some of that money to put up signs that said bicyclists must stop here.
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something that makes a bicyclist know that they can go or not go. especially near oak street and market. i go to your district too much supervisor farrel. unless visitors come and see me. i know the areas i do go to is getting that, very bad and i spoke on this before. you are getting money and spending and spending. why not spend it on something that makes the bicyclists do right. >> thank you very much. for those who don't know and district 11, the grass is greener over there. are there any members of the public would like to comment? we close comments.
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this is an informational item. next item. >> item 6, informational item. >> seeing none, will go on to public comments. seeing none come forward we close public comment. >> next item? >> item 7. general public comment. opportunity for the public to comment on any item whatsoever related to the transportation authority. will close public comment. >> next item. >> adjournment. >> we are adjourned.
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>> in this fabulously beautiful persidio national park and near golden gate and running like a scar is this ugly highway. that was built in 1936 at the same time as the bridge and at that time the presidio was an army and they didn't want civilians on their turf. and the road was built high. >> we need access and you have a 70 year-old facility that's inadequate for today's
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transportation needs. and in addition to that, you have the problem that it wasn't for site extenders. >> the rating for the high viaduct is a higher rating than that collapsed. and it was sapped quite a while before used and it was rusty before installed. >> a state highway through a federal national park connecting an independently managed bridge to city streets. this is a prescription for complication. >> it became clear unless there was one catalyst organization that took it on as a challenge, it wouldn't happen and we did
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that and for people to advocate. and the project has a structural rating of 2 out of 100. >> you can see the rusting reinforcing in the concrete when you look at the edges now. the deck has steel reinforcing that's corroded and lost 2/3's of its strength. >> this was accelerated in 1989 when the earthquake hit and cal came in and strengthened but can't bring to standards. to fix this road will cost more than to replace. and for the last 18 years, we have been working on a design to replace the road way, but to do in a way that makes it appropriate to be in a national
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park and not army post. >> i would say it's one of the most ugly structure, and it's a barrier between the mar sh and presidio. and this is a place and i brought my dogs and grandchildren and had a picnic lunch and it was memorable to use them when we come here. what would it look like when the design and development is completed. and we are not sure we want an eight lane highway going through this town. and it's a beautiful area in a national seaport area on the planet. >> the road is going to be so different. it's really a park way, and
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it's a parkway through the national park. and they make the road disapeer to the national park. >> and the road is about 20 feet lower, normally midday, you go through it in two minutes. looking back from the golden gate bridge to presidio, you are more aware of the park land and less of the roads. and the viaduct will parallel the existing one and to the south and can be built while the existing one remains in operation. and the two bridges there with open space between them and your views constantly change and not aware of the traffic in
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the opposite direction and notice the views more. and the lanes of course are a foot wider than they are today. and they will be shoulders and if your car is disabled, you can pull off to the edge. and the next area, the tunnel portal will have a view centered on the palace of fine arts and as you come out, you can see alkatrez island and bay. and the next area is about 1,000 feet long. and when you come into one, you can see through the other end. it's almost like driving through a building than through a tunnel. and noise from the roadway will be sheltered. and the traffic will be out of view. >> when you come out of the last sort tunnel and as you look forward, you see the
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golden dome of the palace of fine arts and what more perfect way to come to san francisco through that gateway. >> it will be an amazing transformation. now you read it as one section, the road is a major barrier and then a wonderful strip along the water. all of those things are going to mesh together. >> right now the road really cuts off this area from public access. and with the new road, we will be able to open up the opportunity in a new way. >> this bunker that we see now is out of access for the general public. we are excited to completely rework this side and to open up
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the magnificent views. and what we want to do is add to this wonderful amenity and restore this coastal bluff area and respect its military history and the doyle drive project is allowing us to do that recorrection. and this area is not splintered off. >> and we can see how dramatic a change it will be when doyle drive is suppressd and you have a cover that connects the cemetery to this project. it's historic on the statewide and national basis, but you could rush the project or put thought and time to create something of lasting public benefit. >> we really want this, for everyone to feel like it's a
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win situation. whether you are a neighbor that lives nearby or a commuter or user of the park. that everyone will experience a much better situation than they currently have. >> the human interest to me is how people could work out so many challenging differences to come to a design that we believe will give us a jewel. landmark of a place. >> i am sure it will have refining effect like embark did. and there were people about that and no one would think of that today. and when you look at growth and transformation of the embark, the same with doyle. it will be a cherished part of the city and a worthy addition to what is there. >> it
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